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Orion Application Performance Monitor

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Get a Complete View of Your Network’s Health with

Powerful App Monitoring
To really understand what’s happening on your network,
“Application Performance Monitor
you also need to know what’s happening with your
has better granularity and applications. We all know that 99% of business-critical
provides more details, so we applications are now on the network, so managing your
network means more than just knowing the up/down
know more quickly when we have status of a core router; it also means understanding
problems.” how your network-based apps are performing. You
need visibility into your applications and servers. And
— Matt Schaeffer, you need to get it affordably and quickly – meaning
Systems Administrator, no agents, no expensive crews of consultants, no long
Home Instead Senior Care® deployments.

That’s why we developed Orion Application Performance Monitor (APM). It installs in less than an hour
to deliver enterprise-class, agentless, performance management for your critical applications and servers.
Plus, as a module of Orion Network Performance Monitor, Orion APM presents application monitoring data
alongside comprehensive performance information for your network infrastructure, giving you a complete
picture of network health that is intuitive, unified, and easy to understand.

Delivering at-a-glance top 10 lists, map views, and graphs, Orion APM enables you to quickly identify,
troubleshoot, and resolve performance issues with applications like Exchange, Active Directory®, SQL
Server®, Oracle®, Apache®, and more. With Orion APM as your co-pilot, you can isolate performance issues
with business-critical applications – before they affect your end users – and finally get the single pane of
glass you need to understand the performance of everything on your network.

Orion APM Highlights:

• Quickly determine the root cause of application performance issues with a unified view into
network, application, and server monitoring data

• Monitor a wide range of server and application types, including operating systems, web servers,
URLs, backup applications, databases, directories, application servers, messaging servers, network
services, and application ports

• Begin monitoring your mission-critical applications in just minutes with Orion APM’s out-of-the-
box, agentless monitoring templates

• Create custom application monitors quickly and easily, and share templates and scripts on
Thwack, SolarWinds’ online community

• Get at-a-glance, unified visibility into application performance via the intuitive Orion console and
its easy-to-use charts, graphs, tables, alerting, Top Ten lists, and reporting views

• Simulate and measure Quality of Experience (QoE) with User Experience Monitors to find and fix
issues before they affect end users

• Leverage open-source Nagios® scripts to save time, facilitate migration to APM, and expand
monitoring of Unix and Linux systems

• Monitor Windows®, Unix, and Linux® servers by tracking key performance statistics, such as
running services, process availability, memory usage, CPU utilization, and response time
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Orion APM Features

Template-Driven Application Monitoring
Orion APM saves you time by employing centralized
Application Monitor Templates that combine
groups of monitors and settings. Orion APM ships
with Application Monitor Templates for popular
applications, or you can easily create your own custom
monitoring templates with just a few clicks.

Once templates are established, they can be applied

to multiple servers, eliminating the need to perform
repetitive configuration tasks for similar applications
and servers. Plus, changes made to a template automatically propagate throughout your network, ensuring
that monitoring is updated for all systems that rely on the modified template. For example, a change to
the threshold settings for mail queue length in your Exchange monitor template will automatically and
immediately be applied to all of your monitored Exchange servers. In addition, Orion APM templates are
portable, and can be easily downloaded and shared with the SolarWinds community on Thwack.

“Through a unified console we now Application Monitor Wizard – NEW!

Using a simple three-step process, you can quickly create a new
have point-and-click access to application monitor with Orion APM. First, choose from a list of
available application monitor templates including common applications
comprehensive charts and detailed
like Exchange 2007, Apache®, or SQL Server® 2008. Next, select the
reports that deliver a clear portrait nodes to which you would like to apply your template. Finally, enter the
necessary template credentials to apply the template to your node and
of the network traffic, thereby begin instantly monitoring your application!
increasing our ability to enhance
Community-Built Template & Script Library – NEW!
the performance, availability and With Orion APM, you can leverage the SolarWinds online community, Thwack, by implementing Application
Monitor Templates and scripts created by other users. Orion APM’s interactive web console offers direct
security of the network.” links to browse, download, and share templates and scripts on Thwack, making it easy for community
members to benefit from each other’s custom monitors and saving everyone valuable time. Orion APM will
— Jeff Salisbury, even alert you when new templates are posted, so you can easily expand your monitoring capabilities!
Senior Manager IT Infrastructure,
Belkin Components Out-of-the-Box Agentless Monitoring
Orion APM does not require you to install agents, which makes installation and maintenance a breeze – not
to mention eliminating any concerns about drag on your network. Plus, with Orion APM’s out-of-the-box
monitoring templates and end-user-experience monitors, you will be up and running in just minutes.

Server Statistic Browser – NEW!

Select from a list of available WMI performance counter, process, and service component monitors on
your nodes and add those components to existing application monitor templates or assign them directly to
nodes. Ensure your servers are running smoothly by keeping an eye on key statistics so that you can identify
and resolve application issues before users are impacted.

Intuitive Orion NPM Integration

Orion APM extends the performance monitoring capabilities of Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
model manages: to applications and servers, and presents this critical information alongside network performance statistics
through an integrated web console. Not only will you get a single pane of glass for all of your monitoring
APM 50 Up to 50 monitors
data, you’ll also love the intuitive charts, graphs, tables, alerting, Top Ten lists, and reporting views that
APM 100 Up to 100 monitors Orion APM shares with Orion NPM. With Orion APM, you won’t have to run multiple point products or flip
APM 250 Up to 250 monitors between screens to view the application and network data you need to troubleshoot problems.
APM 500 Up to 500 monitors
Universal WMI Performance Monitors – NEW!
APM 1000 Up to 1000 monitors Orion APM makes it easy for you to remotely monitor WMI performance counters, so that you can identify
APM Unlimited monitors and resolve application issues before users are impacted. Adding WMI monitors is as simple as clicking on
Unlimited a server icon, browsing the list of available counters, and selecting the ones you would like to add.
User-Experience Monitors – IMPROVED!
Orion APM enables you to measure application performance from an end user’s perspective with out-of-
the-box SaaS monitoring and support for HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, Download Speed, DNS, Microsoft SQL Server,
Oracle®, and other ODBC databases. This Quality of Experience (QoE) measurement gives you a heads up
on problems and helps ensure that users are happy with the performance of the apps that they rely on.

Open Source Script Processor – NEW!

A huge and growing collection of Nagios scripts is used globally to monitor thousands of network services;
and we know that many of you rely on these open-source scripts for tasks like confirming the completion
of daily backups. That’s why we built a script processor into Orion APM that enables you to convert any
Nagios script into a format that Orion APM can use to schedule and run jobs and report on results. Now
you can leverage your own Nagios scripts or those in third-party script libraries to extend Orion APM’s
monitoring coverage.

Performance Warning System – NEW!

If Orion APM detects a downward decline in application performance, you’ll be immediately alerted before
the situation escalates into a disaster. Orion APM relies on pre-configured or user-defined performance
thresholds and sends alerts when these thresholds are crossed. Four tiers of thresholds can be established
(good, warning, critical, and down) to help you quickly assess the difference between a system that is up,
but performing poorly, and a system that is about to fail.

Windows and Linux Script Monitors – NEW!

If you have written your own Windows, Linux, or Unix scripts to monitor application health indicators that
are not available through SNMP or WMI, you can now integrate these into Orion APM. With just a few
clicks, you can schedule their execution and report and alert on their output.

Network Services and Port Monitoring

Orion APM actively monitors availability and responsiveness of critical network services with out-of-the-
box monitors for DNS (over TCP and UDP), HTTP, HTTPS, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP, and NNTP. Additionally,
Orion APM allows you to create customized TCP port monitors to verify network-based availability and
responsiveness of applications. With these capabilities, you can rest assured that you will be the first to
know about network service outages and performance bottlenecks.

Out-of-the-Box Application Reporting

Orion APM includes a number of built-in reports that make it easy to track application and server
Orion Modules: performance over time. A simple interface facilitates customizing these reports and also allows you to
create new reports using SQL commands. You can also schedule reports to be generated and delivered by
• Application Performance Monitor
email automatically.
• IP Address Manager
• NetFlow Traffic Analyzer Advanced Application Alerting
• IP SLA Manager With Orion APM, you can quickly configure alerts for correlated events, sustained conditions, and complex
Orion modules extend the capabilities of combinations of device states. Additionally, Orion APM supports automatic escalation of alerts and allows
Orion NPM to network traffic analysis, you to designate actions in response to particular alerts, ensuring that you can respond to application
VoIP, servers, wireless devices, and performance issues in record time.
hardware minimum requirements
50 to 500 Monitors 501 to 2000 Monitors 2000+ Monitors
CPU 2.0 GHz 2.4 GHz 3.0 GHz
Memory 1GB 2GB 2GB
For additional information, please Hard Drive 2GB Free 5GB Free 10GB or more
contact SolarWinds at 866.530.8100 or software minimum requirements
Operating System Windows Server® 2003 (32-bit or 64-bit) including R2, with IIS installed
To locate an international reseller near
.Net Framework Version 3.5 or later
you, visit
distributor/locator.html Database SQL Server® 2000 SP4 (Standard or Enterprise), SQL Server 2005 (Express,
Standard, or Enterprise)
Appendix: Available Orion APM Monitors
Orion APM leverages out-of-the-box monitors and user-generated monitors, enabling you to monitor virtually any application on your network. Below,
we have provided a list of potential applications that Orion APM can monitor using out-of-the-box monitors, application monitoring templates shared on
Thwack, or custom monitors that you can create with Orion APM’s application monitoring wizard.

Out-of-the-Box Application Monitors

Orion APM ships with a rich variety of out-of-the-box monitors for popular applications and operating systems.

operating systems email & directory servers

Microsoft® Windows Server® 2000, 2003, and 2008 Microsoft Exchange 2000, 2003, and 2007
IBM AIX® Microsoft Active Directory®
Linux® (Red Hat®, SuSE®, Ubuntu®) – SSH compatibility required
SQL query user experience
Sun Solaris™
Microsoft SQL Server®
web servers & url monitors Oracle®
HTTP user experience
general purpose monitors
HTTPS user experience
DNS query user experience
Microsoft® Internet Information Service (IIS)
WMI performance counter
Windows script
network services Linux/Unix script
DNS query user experience Windows service
DNS port Process monitor (Windows, Linux, Unix)
SNMP File and directory
IMAP4 Nagios® script
POP3 Windows Event Log

Application Monitors Downloadable from Thwack sample monitors available on thwack

Expand Orion APM’s monitoring breadth by importing additional user- Citrix® Presentation Server™
generated templates from Thwack. You’ll find over 100 preconfigured
Active Directory®
templates available on Thwack. We’ve listed a few of the most
downloaded templates to the right. Blackberry Enterprise Server™
VMware® VirtualCenter
McAfee® ePolicy Orchestrator

Do-it-Yourself, Custom Application Monitors

Can’t find your favorite application in the list of out-of-the-box monitors or those posted on Thwack? Never fear! Orion APM makes it easier than ever
to create your own application monitors. Below you’ll find a few common DIY application monitors that other Orion APM users have built themselves:

virtualization monitors application servers

Microsoft Hyper-V™ Microsoft .NET™ Server
VMware® ESX Server Java™ 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition Server (J2EE)
Apache Tomcat™
backup servers
Apache Geronimo™
Symantec Backup Exec™
Oracle® E-Business Suite
Symantec NetBackup™
IBM WebSphere®
Microsoft Data Protection Manager
SAP R/3™
SAP NetWeaver™

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